Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Darcy Pattison's KELL AND THE DETECTIVES reviewed in School Library Journal


School Library Journal calls KELL AND THE DETECTIVES, the fourth title in Darcy Pattison's 'Aliens, Inc.' series, "an engaging, accessible story" in their February review:


Darcy is happy to talk about the 'Aliens, Inc.' as well as her other books when she visits schools and libraries. For details and how to book her, visit Balkin Buddies.

Teachers will be happy to know there is also a teacher's guide to the  'Aliens, Inc.' series, which includes information on Common Core Standards, and 'Accidental Art' bulletin board, a 'Meet the Illustrator' section and much more.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Neal Shusterman's CHALLENGER DEEP receives a starred review in School Library Journal


CHALLENGER DEEP (HarperTeen) by Neal Shusterman and illustrated by his son, Brendan Shusterman, earns yet another starred review, this time in School Library Journal. "This affecting deep dive into the mind of a schizophrenic will captivate readers," says the review and it bears repeating, you won't want to miss this Shusterman title!



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wendy Pfeffer's LIGHT IS ALL AROUND US reviewed in School Library Journal

Wendy Pfeffer is an expert when it comes to writing for beginning readers. Here’s the School Library Journal review of her latest title, LIGHT IS ALL AROUND US (HarperCollins)l:

“K-Gr 2—Light is not an easy concept to convey on a beginning-to-read level, but Pfeffer does a credible job of incorporating just the right amount of detail for these readers. She relates the science concepts she's introducing to scenarios that are in the everyday experience of young children; for example, when explaining lumens, or the units used to quantify brightness, she first discusses how temperature and length are measured. Readers will also enjoy the two easy experiments appended at the end. The colorful illustrations, created with pen and ink, watercolor, liquid acrylic, pencils, and pastels and which include children of diverse races, extend the text well and are marked by several appealing details, such as costumed children carrying glow sticks at Halloween and a glowing octopus. Another book in this series, Franklyn M. Branley's Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From (HarperCollins, 1998), presents the concept of reflective light even more clearly than this title, but Pfeffer's text is shorter and features much more white space on each page, making it especially attractive for beginning readers.” —Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library


Wendy’s expertise can also be seen in her presentations to young readers. As stated elsewhere, interested schools can reach her through Author-Illustrator-Source.
Highlights even has an endless supply of Haagen Daz bars on hand.